Minimize Exposure, Maximize Humanity

For 15 years, In&Out Magazine has been the definitive source of “Everything that’s going on” in and out of the community. We thank you, our readers, as well as the businesses that support the magazine through advertising, for that opportunity. But with little going on, and many businesses suspending or canceling their ads during the Covid-19 crisis, we are suspending publication of the magazine and web sites for the month of May. 


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With every crisis comes stories of both great heroism and sheer jackass-ism. While the latter gets most of the press, an occasional “feel good” segment makes the cut. What rarely gets reported is all that stuff in the middle.

As I was waiting in the long line of an overly crowded store the other day, there was an eldery couple at the register, seeming to have a problem. Another lane opened up so I moved on and thought nothing of it.

As I was leaving, I noticed a woman walking back to the store with a 12-pack of toilet paper. I made some silly joke about her needing an armed guard, and she explained that there was an old couple in line who had none and the store was out. She was bringing her own TP back to the store to give to these folks. 

Then there was the guy filling his water bottle with complimentary hand sanitizer. He pumped a full 16 ounces, while sporting a “just try and stop me” face. I’m guessing his next stop was the men’s room for some paper products. As my friend Terry says, “this guy.”

Note to bathroom tissue bandits: Don’t bother coming to my house, I’m a bidet man!

Guess what? Until this COVID-19 thing passes, and like all such things it will, you and I will be not only dealing with various shades of both types, but choosing which side we’re on. 

I’m reminded of the gas crisis in the 1970s. Some people helped others push their cars to the pumps, some siphoned gas from other people’s cars. 

Be smart, listen to the experts (and not the online supposed experts offering potentially dangerous snake oil), and above all, be nice! Minimize exposure and maximize humanity. Take care of yourself and family but don’t forget that we’re all stuck in this snow-globe together.


Toilet Paper Alternative
For about $20 ($40 for a really good one) you can get a hand-held bidet. It’s just a hose with sprayer that attaches to your existing toilet’s incoming water valve—an easy install with a wrench. A portable plastic version that you fill at a faucet is just $10. Either largely replaces the need for toilet paper and is easy on the bum (something anyone with hemorrhoids will appreciate).


Help Save Our Community
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country and even more so this community. Supporting local businesses during this crisis can help keep our community economically viable. Please strongly consider supporting the businesses below, In&Out Magazine's display advertisers, as well as those in the Classifieds section of the magazine (see the full April 9 issue in PDF form). Many of these businesses have been part of the fabric of this community for two decades, not just serving our professional, service and retail needs but stepping up to support local charities, sports teams and so much more. Tip: If you know you’ll need to schedule a service, consider contacting a local business you trust and paying the standard fee for the deferred service. The links below go to their web sites.

Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates • 602-242-4592
Anthem Senior Living • 602-909-9550
Appliance Pros • 502-501-5501
Business Network of Anthem • 623-455-9630
Carroll Law Firm • 623-551-9366
Century 21 Real Estate - Jeff Huff • 623-223-1221
Creative Home Enhancements • 623-551-5409
Daisy Dream Homes Real Estate • 623-879-3277
Daisy Mountain Dentistry • 623-551-5250
Desert Foothills Air Conditioning • 480-595-0938
Edward Jones • 623-551-0523
Element Dental Centers • 623-551-5555
Hand & Stone Massage • 623-551-6602
Kendallwood Design • 602-252-3844
Kodiak Roofing • 602-501-7717
Luv My PC • 480-703-6609
Merrill Gardens • 623-201-4881
North Valley Water Solutions • 623-551-0515
Preferred Business of Anthem • 623-551-0523 
Prickett Realty • 623-551-8111
ProSkill Services • 623-551-7473
RE/MAX Professionals - Mike Higgins • 623-640-7502
Rise Above Remodeling • 623-551-2013
Soft Water Plus • 623-551-7383
SonoranScapes Landscaping • 602-842-9948
State Farm Insurance - Justin Simons • 623-551-3700
Storage at Anthem • 623-226-8634
Sunset Cabinets • 623-687-6579
Thompson & McGinnis Attorneys at Law • 602-952-2666
Titan Tree Care • 623-444-8448
Titan Pest Control • 623-879-8700
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical • 623-551-6688

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Chris Prickett
Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.
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Chris Prickett

Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.

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